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Winning streak: Mount Si doubles, singles squads rack up serious record
Mount Si’s girls tennis team looks to be racking up the best record it’s seen in years.
The varsity squad on April 2 scored a 5-2 win over Sammamish, in what looks like only the second time Mount Si has defeated the Totems in the past 15 seasons.
“I am real proud of our team,” wrote head coach Jim Gibowski.
Number-one singles player Jessica Graves and number-two Rachel Walker each came back to win in three straight sets, while number-three Kelcey Sharp won despite having to take a three-minute injury timeout for a sore back. The Wildcats’ number-three doubles squad of Rachel Mallasch and Sami Kieffer came back from a 1-5 deficit to win 7-5 in their second set.
The Wildcats are 3-2 overall, and 2-1 in the conference.
The story so far
On March 18, Mount Si girls beat Liberty, 4-3. Mount Si’s doubles teams carried the day. The number-one team of Sharp and Cheyenne Dixon beat the Patriots’ Yen Lee and Anna Guzman, 6-0 in two sets. At number two, Olivia Howland and Peyton McCulley won their sets 6-1, 6-0. And at number three, Kayla Schumacher and Sami Kieffer won, 6-0, 6-0.
While the top three singles players fell, Mount Si’s number-four singles individual, Alaina Kinghorn, beat Noelle Rauschendorfer, 6-4, 6-2.
Against Juanita on March 19, which rained out with three matches completed and was continued on March 25, Mount Si won, 5-2.
In singles, Wildcat no. 2 Rachel Walker won, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4, against Alizeh Karmali. At no. 3, Kerry Pemberton beat Rachel Russell, 6-2, 6-4. All three Mount Si doubles teams won their sets, Sharp and Dixon beating Delaney-Deanna Chan and Seo Huh, 7-5, 6-4. Howland and McCulley, at number 2, won their set, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. Schumacher and Mallasch won their set, 6-3, 6-0.
Mount Si fell to Interlake, 7-0, on March 26. Howland and McCulley put up a good fight, going 3-6, 1-6, and at number three doubles, Kinghorn and Hannah Stull won one of their sets, 7-6, but fell in two.
• Mount Si tennis next visits Mercer Island at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.